Nicolas Gilbert (*1979) studied composition and analysis at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with composers Michel Gonneville and Serge Provost, and at McGill University, with composer John Rea.
His catalogue comprises about 30 chamber, vocal and orchestral works that have been performed in concert series and festivals in more than 15 countries around the world by ensembles and soloists such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Polish Radio Orchestra, Kaida (Amsterdam), ICE (Chicago), cellists Matt Haimovitz and Benjamin Carat (Lyon), pianist Stanislaw Widulin (Berlin), clarinettist Thomas Piercy (New-York) and many Canadian contemporary music ensembles (Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, Continuum, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Trio Fibonacci, Molinari Quartet, Bradyworks, etc.).
He is recipient of numerous grants and awards including the 2008 “Composer of the year” Opus Prize awarded by the Quebec Music Council, eight SOCAN Awards for Young Composers, the Third and Special Prizes in the 2006 Serocki International Competition (Poland) and a dozen grants from the Canada and Quebec arts councils. He has also received the Opus Prize for Best Premiere of the year in both 2007 and 2008.
Nicolas Gilbert was resident composer at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal from 2003 to 2005 and president of the Codes d’accès concert society from 2002 to 2004. During the 2005-2006 season, he was in residence at GRAME (Lyon), working on a new piece for cello and electronics (commission : GRAME-CALQ). He is currently member of the artistic board of the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec.
Also active as a writer, his first novel, “Le récital” (Leméac éditeur), came out in August 2008.